My Tooth Is Loose: Books for Kids

Alma and Junior stand together

Losing a tooth can be exciting and a little bit scary. It also can prompt all kinds of questions — especially if your tooth goes missing! These books share stories of teeth that are lost and found, as well as traditions from around the world related to losing teeth and growing up.

Junior's Loose Tooth (Alma's Way)

Illustration of Alma and Junior from "Alma's Way"
Age Level: 6-9

When Alma’s little brother Junior loses his first tooth, everyone is super excited! Junior wants to put on a special presentation for the family. But then the worst happens -- the tooth goes missing! If Alma and Junior do not find the tooth, Junior will lose his special moment forever. Can Alma help him find it? This early reader is based on the PBS Kids series Alma’s Way, created by Emmy Award-winning actor Sonia Manzano, best known as Maria on Sesame Street.

King and Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth

King and Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth
Illustrated by: Nancy Meyers
Age Level: 6-9

Kayla lost a tooth. She put it in the special pocket in her tooth fairy pillow and now her tooth is missing! If she can't find it, the tooth fairy won't come. Analytical Kayla retraces her steps, searches everywhere, and questions Mason, who rode home from school with her. Sensitive King wonders why Mason smells like a tooth. Could he have Kayla's lost tooth? Or should King take another look at the tooth fairy pillow?


By: Peter Sis
Age Level: 3-6

Madlenka's tooth is loose and she wants to tell the world. She takes the reader around the block to meet her neighbors. Looking at the images and memories they have carried from old country to new, we can see that Madlenka's block is as richly varied as its inhabitants.

The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez

Illustrated by: Tom Lintern
Age Level: 3-6

Product Description: When both the Tooth Fairy and El Ratón Pérez arrive to claim Miguelito's tooth, sparks fly under the Mexican-American boy's pillow. Who will rightfully claim his tooth? This magical tale introduces a legendary Latino character to a new audience and provides a fresh take on the familiar childhood experience of losing one's tooth.

Tooth on the Loose

Girl sleeping near tooth fairy
Illustrated by: Jennifer Mattheson
Age Level: 3-6
Language: Spanish vocabulary featured

"A young girl laments that her wiggly tooth will not fall out soon enough to enable her to collect tooth fairy money to buy a birthday gift for Papá. The rhyming story includes a mix of Spanish words within the English-language context — 'I needed that tooth out/today, not mañana./But yanking? Too painful./I tried a manzana.' The cheerful illustrations rendered in oil using a palette with shades of orange and rust show a delightful extended family willing to help the child with her problem." — School Library Journal